The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Thursday that theatre arts and dance alumna Anne Basting has been awarded their prestigious 'Genius' Grant for her extraordinary work as a theatre artist and educator.
When the world is filled with violence — both physical and psychological — how do you take care of yourself? That question is at the heart of a dance performance. "Horidraa: Golden Healing," a new piece by Ananya Dance Theatre, celebrates the healing power of indigenous wisdom and the love of community.
Alumnus Yefei Jin with a degree in theatre arts and Asian languages & literatures, is developing a project to make sharing lesson plans and other resources easier for teachers who work with English language learners. He conceived it after hearing from Twin Cities teachers how hard it is to find classroom materials that fit their students' language skills. "These teachers often find themselves creating materials from scratch," Jin said. "Such a platform could be a game-changer."
Explosions. Fire. Flashes of Light. Theatre meets science with “Energy & U,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and the College of Science & Engineering to excite elementary students about a future career in the sciences.
A summer tradition that traversed more than 50 years will end in August, after the Minnesota Centennial Showboat concludes its final season. “The Showboat,” as it was known in theater circles, will be shuttered after a 60-performance run of “Under the Gaslight,” a show typical of the work that has drawn audiences to watch university students since 1958 (with one interruption).
Chris Larson, with coproducing help and a commission from Walker Art Center, opens “Wise Blood,” a 90-minute opera based on Flannery O’Connor’s debut novel. The opera is directed by theatre professor Michael Sommers.